|LANCASHIRE GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE
LANCASHIRE GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE *** WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL 22 AUGUST 2016
We are recognised by the Kennel Club as a Breed
Specific Rescue and are a Member of the
Association of Dogs and Cats Homes.
If you are looking to give a home to a rescue GSD
in the hope of taking on a dog who is already
trained please think again. Many of our dogs do
have impeccable manners and are beautifully well
trained as they have come from good homes,
perhaps from a marriage split up or change of
circumstances that mean that a loving owner can
no longer take care of their dog as they would
wish to. However, some of our dogs have unsettled
backgrounds, and may need a lot of support to
help re-socialise them. We do not always know the
background of our dogs and can only tell you what
we have found out about them whilst they have
been living with us. There are situations you may
come across in your home that upset them that we
won't know about purely because your
circumstances are different than ours. We tell
you as much as we possibly can about the dog and
any background we have been given including their
past health. If you are willing to accept that a
Rescue Dog may need a lot of your time and you
are willing to give him/her your full commitment
then please read on and take a look at our
We do not rehome dogs to people living in flats
(exceptions may be made for ground floor flats
with access to own garden - not shared).
If you would like to read more about us first
please see the section HOW LANCASHIRE GERMAN
SHEPHERD RESCUE BEGAN & HOW WE WORK below.
DESPITE WHAT WE HAVE WRITTEN ABOVE WE ARE GETTING
INCREASING NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO ASSURE US OF
PREVIOUS GSD EXPERIENCE AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF
THENEEDS OF A RESCUE DOG BEING RE-INTEGRATED WITH
A NEW FAMILY ONLY TO HAVE THE DOG RETURNED A FEW
WEEKS (EVEN DAYS) LATER. THEY TELL US THAT THE
DOG IS DOING "EXACTLY" WHAT WE TOLD THEM TO
EXPECT !! AND THAT THEY HAVE TRIED AND TRIED (IN
A FEW DAYS/WEEKS?) TO DO AS WE HAVE SAID. OR EVEN
WORSE WE HAVE ADVISED THEM TO BE AWARE OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF e.g. SEPARATION ANXIETY AND TOLD
THEM HOW TO AVOID IT - WE GET A PHONE CALL A FEW
WEEKS ON AND THE DOG IS THOROUGHLY STRESSED AND
CAN WE TAKE HER BACK. WE HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING !!
MISGUIDED ADVICE FROM FRIENDS WHICH HAS BEEN THE
EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE.
(THEY HAVENíT ASKED US FOR HELP)
So please, please, do not fall into the
romanticised idea of re-homing a dog to give it a
new start and new home, no matter how well
intentioned, if you do not have the experience
ESSENTIAL to the dogs needs and a willingness to
ask us for advice (which is backed up by
experienced behaviourists and trainers) instead
of well-meaning friends. We make no apologies for
this seeming harsh - we want you and your dog to
be companions for life, happy in each otherís
company and this doesn't happen overnight! It
takes hard work and dedication in many cases but
if you ARE dedicated it will happen!!
Freddy, a compulsive tail chaser, almost had to
have his tail amputated because it became
infected. It has been a period of hard work and
frustration at times but perseverance pays off -
he is now a champion at agility! His energies are
channelled and he has his own "stress toys" for
in the home. He is now part of a happy family
with Zander & Cassius. His proud Dad is Ted,
director of the rescue and if he can do it with
the little free time he has available then so can
Please get in touch by using the CONTACTS PAGE
and ensure your email address is correct, please
also include a contact TELEPHONE NUMBER
preferably a landline. In the subject line of the
contact please tell us if you are in need of
finding a new home for your dog (RE-HOME) or wish
to adopt (ADOPT) with the name of the dog(s) you
are interested in. We will then send you the
appropriate forms and any further information you
VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Alternatively you can ring Ted Kewley on:
Monday to Saturday only up until 5pm as these are
also home/personal numbers. Please do NOT send
If you would like to make a donation please send
Ceques payable to: Lancashire GSD Rescue and send
4 Harbour Lane
Of if you would prefer to make a direct or
monthly donation we'll be happy to send you our
Lancashire German Shepherd Rescue is registered
in England and Wales. Registration Number
We are a Non-profit making Company Limited by
Recognised by the Kennel Club as a Breed Specific
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PRESTON AGILITY DOGS (PADS) 2016 TRAINING AND SHOW DATES
All "makes & models", big and small are welcome.
A small annual fee plus a small weekly payment
for the days you come along. Sessions are held
on Tuesday evenings at Rosemary
Farm, Rosemary Lane, Bartle but please call Bill
or Mark in advance.
Sessions are indoors in inclement weather and
outdoors in the paddock when its nice..
Summer sees Agility displays and the year
culminates in a Christmas party.
For more information about PADs please call:
Bill on 01772742621
Mark on 07950486661
EVENT DATES BOOKED SO FAR:
Myerscough College Open Day and Country Fair -
Sunday 12th June 2016
Saturday 18th June 2016 Leyland Festival
Lancashire Game & Country Fair Scorton -
Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th September 2016
Saturday 1st October 2016 St Catherine's
Hospice Avenham Park Preston
HOW LANCASHIRE GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE BEGAN & HOW WE WORK
We at LGSR have been involved in the rescue and rehoming of German Shepherds for many years. Originally as part of national organisations we decided to "go it alone" in June 2003 after realising how great a need there was in the Lancashire area alone.
Since we started we have rescued and rehomed an average of 100 dogs and bitches per year of all ages and from all backgrounds. We have had strays in need of veterinary care for horrendous maltreatment (including hammer blows) and at the other end of the scale, well cared for, well loved ones for whom changes in family circumstances made it impossible for their owners to continue to care for them as they would have liked.
We foster the dogs in our own homes believing that a kennel environment is not good for a family companion for any longer than the annual holidays - and not even that long for some. We integrate them as much as possible with the other dogs as some, no matter how well cared for, are badly in need of socialisation. We have dogs that come to us who "don't get on with other dogs" who are living with 3 or 4 others inside the house before they leave, sometimes within days. We have garden runs and pens for those who prefer or need to be alone, heated for winter and with blankets and duvets to keep them comfy.
We have had some who are afraid of their own shadows but with time and patience they learn that most people are not their enemies. Trust needs to be built up over time so we often need to show the new owners how we have worked with the dog and how they also need to build up a rapport so that they become best friends.
We believe that a natural diet is also important for our dogs and where possible feed them natural raw tripe or chicken mince mixed with a good quality dried food, sometimes with a little fresh blended veg with garlic and olive oil, or raw meaty bones.
We also use natural supplements and herbal remedies to help keep our dogs healthy and the vet bills down. Garlic helps keep the tics and fleas away whilst helping with the blood, olive oil is a general all rounder but helps with the coat and skin, eyebright for bathing the eyes, MSM and Glucosamine - your granny might have this for her arthritis but it is wonderful for GSDs with the same problems. We had an old girl of 12 on it who was too stiff and sore to move much without it but still willing to run and play a little with it. It gave her an extra year of decent quality life. We didn't overdo it of course but she was still a happy contented dog. We gave her Willow Bark tablets as well to keep the inflammation down and the pain under control (not to be used without consulting your vet if your dog is on heart medication as it is the herbal equivalent of aspirin).
We home-check all potential owners and ask for vet references so that we can be sure that the right dog is going to the right home. We don't re-home to upstairs flats as a breed with a potential for hip problems should not have to climb stairs everyday but should also have ample opportunity to go outside once the family are home without having to be taken out for "walkies". Of course walks should be part of the everyday routine but in addition to the meanders in and out of the house not instead of. We don't rehome as guard dogs either - our dogs are family members only.
We have a no-breeding policy and as part of the adoption agreement ask that any dog that we have not already neutered has this done as soon as possible.
If you are interested in being a foster carer you need GSD experience and a willingness to give your time to care for one of these wonderful dogs. We pay for food and approved vet bills and expenses.
If you would like to adopt we prefer you to have owned a GSD before or have a good knowledge of the breed but also a willingness to learn with a lot of love to give with an understanding that a rescue dog may sometimes have problems that we don't know about because of an uncertain background. We assess the dogs as much as we can in the time they are with us and keep a diary of their likes and dislikes to pass on when they leave us.
Lancashire German Shepherd Rescue is a Warton (Nr Preston) based non profit making company dedicated to the rescue, short term fostering and long term re-homing of German Shepherds Dogs. Unwanted GSD's are found new homes through our placement scheme which carefully matches up rescued Shepherds with their potential new owners. Owners new and old are provided with any support and guidance they may need. All donations made whether on adoption, transfer or by our kindhearted supporters, go directly to the welfare of the dogs. It pays for food, vet bills, herbal remedies, equipment & toys, grooming etc.
The rescue is run by a dedicated team of people who truly love German Shepherds giving their time and devotion to the welfare of this wonderful breed. The dogs that come to us are fostered by our volunteers in their own homes.
At present we cover the whole of Lancashire working alongside other organisations. Dogs come to us for various reasons. Not only are there the kind of cruelty cases we all hear about in the media, but there are also less obvious causes such as relationship breakdowns, changing work commitments, having to move to accommodation unsuitable for dogs, owners passing away - the list is endless. It's a pity that so few of the many people who want a puppy never consider the "Golden Oldies" but whatever the reason that leads to a dog coming to us we try to establish a successful outcome for both GSD and its new owner.
The picture shows Tammy, Fitz and Jade - the inspiration for The Rescue
Lancashire German Shepherd Rescue registered in England and Wales. Registration Number 4752718.
A Non-profit making Company Limited by Guarantee.
Recognised by the Kennel Club as a breed specific